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Navibe is a brand of the Taiwanese GPS manufacturer COMPASS Systems Corp

GB732

GB732

GPS unit: Navibe GB732

  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: channels, ( , )
  • Display: no, Connectivity: bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof

Pros:

  • Good GPS chipset
  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Don't move it during startup, it won't get a lock
  • Signal quality really sucks when carried in pocket. The device must "lay flat on the floor" for good signals.
  • In narrow streets with high buildings the signal might "drift" (moving north west while in reality you only move west). Standing still for a few seconds helps the device to get you back in position.


The GB732 seems to be a pretty cheap and good device. It is proven to work with PC, Nokia 6230i and Nokia E61. The signal strength is pretty good and it outputs NMEA. Coupled with the Nokia 6230i running TrekBuddy it's a perfect solution for logging. The 6230i has a slot for MMC cards (up to 256 MiB) and TrekBuddy logs to the GPX format. This format can be used directly to upload it to OSM. Alternatively it can log to NMEA. It also has a separate rechargeable, replaceable battery (compatible with Nokia 6230i) with 1050 mAh, a hard power switch (no standby) and an external antenna connector (not really necessary since the internal antenna gets lock on 6-8 satellites outside). The device has 3 LEDs: Bluetooth, Battery, Satellite. It seems to be made in China since the manual and the drivers CD feature simplified and traditional chinese as main languages (others available, too). It comes with a USB recharging cable (USB -> MiniUSB), a car charger and a normal charger. All in all a good device for a small price.


GB735

It is proven to work with PC and SE K600i (with TrekkBuddy).

GPS unit: Navibe GB735

  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof

Pros:

  • BL-5C Li-ion battery (used in some Nokia mobiles as well) removable by user
  • AC charger and car charger in bundle



GM720

GPS unit: Navibe GM720

  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Works very well in combination with gpsd on Linux. Very cheap, but comes with minimal documentation and without software.

It is also possible (although unlikely, and this is not a specific risk for this particular device but probably for each "gpsmouse" device) to mess up the settings in such a way that one cannot connect any more with the device, leaving one no solution but to open it and disconnect the battery (which is soldered) to reset the device to its factory defaults. Of course this voids your warranty. See also the utility SirfDemo.